For 2011, Highlander features a variety of changes. All 2011 Highlander versions get a fresh look with a brand-new hood, fenders, grille and front fascia, plus tweaked taillamps. The Hybrid has its own grille. Highlander models come much better furnished for 2011, though costs have gone up, also. Requirement on all 2011 Toyota versions is Smart Quit Innovation, which automatically reduces engine power when the brake and accelerator pedals are used at the same time under specific motoring problems. 2011 Highlander SE and also Limited designs feature Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio, and a USB port, and a rearview video camera is available for base designs.
2011 Toyota Highlander
Highlander features an option of powerplants. The base 2.7-liter four-cylinder makes 187 horsepower as well as 186 pound-feet of torque, and provides EPA gas economic climate rankings of 20/25 mpg City/Highway. It's matched with a 6-speed digitally managed automated overdrive transmission, as well as is readily available only with two-wheel drive.
The 3.5-liter V6 is very smooth as well as delivers 270 horse power and also 248 pound-feet of torque. Additionally smooth is its 5-speed transmission, which downshifts perfectly to supply adequate strike for passing. Front-wheel-drive Highlanders with the 3.5-liter V6 are EPA-rated at 18/24 mpg City/Highway; Highlander AWD four-wheel drive models are ranked somewhat reduced at 17/22 mpg, which has to do with exactly what we entered the AWD V6 we drove, consisting of a 300-mile freeway run.
The 2011 Highlander Hybrid makes a large advance with more power and far better gas mileage, in addition to an upgraded sound and also modern technology bundle. The gas/electric powertrain utilizes 3 electric motors and also a digitally controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). For 2011, its gasoline engine grows from 3.3 litres to 3.5 litres, enhancing overall horse power from 270 to 280 hp, while its EPA-rated gas mileage improves to 28 City and 28 Freeway from 27/25 mpg. We located it challenging to accomplish that during our winter season test drive using power accessories full force.
The Highlander is a crossover SUV, suggesting it's constructed more like a vehicle compared to a truck, while feeling wonderful as well as large like a truck SUV. It's based on the platform of the Toyota Camry midsize car.
Highlander uses a quiet cabin and a comfy trip, while being a positive means to lug a team of people, with generous room for travelers and also cargo. A versatile cabin includes in its good looks as a family members vehicle. The 2nd row could move forward and back, and also the third-row seat benefits children and with the ability of carrying adults. Getting in and out of the initial 2 rows is simple, as well as Toyota offers both a walk-through and a fold-and-slide-forward second-row seat to ease accessibility to the third row.
The 2011 Toyota Highlander supplies an option of 3 powertrains, three trim degrees as well as front or all-wheel drive. The base Highlander comes with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine ($ 27,390) or a 3.5-liter V6 ($ 28,545). Highlander SE includes either the four-cylinder ($ 31,995) or 3.5-liter V6 ($ 33,150). Highlander Limited ($ 34,895) comes requirement with the V6. All of these models are front-wheel drive.
The all-wheel-drive versions all have the 3.5-liter V6, and also are offered in base ($ 29,995), SE ($ 34,600), as well as Restricted ($ 36,345) trim. Highlander Crossbreed models come common with all-wheel drive and are readily available in base ($ 37,290) as well as Minimal ($ 42,945) trim just.
Highlander comes requirement with fabric upholstery; 40/20/40 second-row seat with a detachable center section that can be stowed under the first-row center console; 50/50 third-row sitting with climate control; AM/FM/CD with 6 audio speakers and MP3/WMA playback; air conditioning, power home windows, door locks, folding mirrors as well as remote keyless entrance; cruise ship control; variable periodic wipers front as well as back; back defogger; back spoiler; tilt/telescope steering wheel; two front and also one cargo-area 12-volt power electrical outlets; and 245/65R17 tires on alloy wheels.
Crossbreed versions come with keyless entrance and also beginning, and also a 3.5-inch multifunction display screen that includes a rear back-up camera, a clock, tire-pressure screen, air conditioning readout, and also outside temperature as well as trip computer system details, along with all the hybrid-related attributes.
Highlander SE includes leather seats with heat for the front row, tri-zone automatic environment control, power tilt/slide moonroof, 6CD changer, Homelink global transceiver, warmed outside mirrors, daytime running lights, as well as a tow bundle.
Highlander Limited versions upgrade with a 10-way power driver's seat, four-way power front traveler's seat, Smart Entrance, fog lamps, a multi-function display screen, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio as well as display screen controls, lighted vanity mirrors, visor extenders, second-row analysis lights, opening up glass in the rear hatch, a rear tonneau cover, and also a lever in the freight area to fold up the second-row seats. The Limited designs are identified with more chrome and also bright trim than various other designs, as well as strong 19-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels wearing 245/55R19 tires. Hybrid Limited versions feature the same attributes as the Limited.
Alternatives consist of a power tilt/slide moonroof, a multi-information display screen, power-adjustable driver's seat, back cooling, tow package, cold weather plan containing a windshield-wiper de-icer grid as well as warmed outdoors mirrors, as well as power liftgate. Higher-level designs offer a JBL stereo with nine speakers and also a Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link, with or without navigation ($ 2,625), and back DVD home entertainment ($ 1,780).
Safety attributes on all versions consist of twin front air bags, front side-impact airbags for thorax protection, head-protecting curtain side airbags that cover all three seatsing rows, a motorist's knee airbag, active front headrests, tire-pressure display, anti-skid brakes, grip control, antiskid control, and also hill-start help. Downhill aid control is common on AWD versions.
The Toyota Highlander is in the heart of the midsize crossover SUV market, and has to do with the same dimension as the Honda Pilot. Highlander's 95.4 cubic feet of cargo area is more than all but a handful of rivals in the popular midsize class.
The Highlander suits the middle of Toyota's four-pronged midsize SUV schedule. It includes softer styling compared to the 4Runner midsize SUV and the retro-styled FJ Cruiser. Truck-based platforms, tough suspensions and also low-range transfer instances make 4Runner and FJ Cruiser highly capable off roadway. The Highlander is based on the same style as that of the Camry as well as Avalon cars. Highlander's all-wheel-drive systems are designed for taming unsafe pavement and icy problems, except climbing up rocks and also traversing harsh terrain. Similarly, the Toyota Venza is a mid-size vehicle that better blurs the line in between wagon and SUV. Additionally based upon the Camry system, the Venza is even more carlike than the Highlander.
The layout of the Highlander is tidy, and also accented on each side by a personality line that introduces noticable wheel arcs. The appearance is much more SUV compared to station wagon, and the available 19-inch alloy wheels contribute to the muscle position.
For 2011, all Highlander models get a fresh look, with a brand-new hood, fenders and also front fascia with foglamps. The Crossbreed has its very own grille, which looks much more like an Acura (circa 2008) than the normal Highlander grille, which looks much more like a Subaru Tribeca. Both are plastic, as they mostly all are nowadays, yet the Highlander grilles are clearly so. The foglamps on the V6 have strange silver brows that appear turned around, as they take a trip toward the facility of the auto. Makes you want to switch the lights from left to right.
The Highlander has a high quality, upscale cabin. The seating setting is method up high, as well as ahead presence superb, with no shedding the edges of the auto. The seats fit on three-hour journeys, yet they're very flat as well as might utilize extra body shape.
Fit and also finish are excellent and also the design is attractive. There are much more tough plastic surfaces compared to in a Lexus, yet those plastics are nicely grained as well as assembled with care.
The secondary controls are simple to find, and also they relocate with precision. A 3.5-inch multi-function display at top fixate the dash presents the journey computer as well as environment control information; it's optional on the base version as well as requirement on all others. This exact same display displays the image from the rear back-up cam whenever you move into reverse. It's the tiniest rearview cam screen we've ever seen, besides those little ones in the rearview mirror. We enjoyed it thoroughly as we backed toward a chainlink fencing around a driveway one dark evening, and if we had not stopped and also looked into our shoulder to confirm, we would have backed right into the fencing despite having the rearview video camera.
With the optional navigating system, the video camera is projected into the larger navigating display, making the image a lot easier to see. This is a correct rearview video camera. This screen also presents some of the audio controls, adding an extra action or 2 when changing terminals, and adding diversion. The voice navigating screwed up majorly, when we utilized it. It illinformed us past an easy freeway interchange we knew by heart. And it continuously and annoyingly cut off our radio listening, to warn of web traffic hold-ups ahead that didn't exist. Overall, nonetheless, the Toyota navigation system works far better than a lot of.
Crossbreed versions have some special indoor touches. The evaluates are cut in a comforting blue as opposed to scratchy red, and a power meter replaces the tachometer. Displayed either on the small multifunction screen or the navigating display are Consumption and also Energy Screen information. The Usage screen shows gas economic situation in real time as well as five-minute increments, as well as the Energy Display display utilizes a schematic to show when the gas engine as well as electrical motors are in use. It may be enjoyable to enjoy these screens, however be careful due to the fact that they could sidetrack focus from the road.
The Highlander's raised flight elevation and also upright seats position provide it that preferable SUV attribute yet with much easier step-in compared to older, truck-based SUVs.
The front seats are comfortable, as well as presence excels to all edges. Head and leg area are generous in the very first and second rows.
The second-row captain's chairs fit, and also the Highlander has a convenient removable facility seat that can be replaced by a facility console. The location between the second-row seats could additionally be exposed to offer a walkthrough to the standard 3rd row. Either the center console or the facility seat can be stored below the pole position facility console.
Third-row seating is helped by second-row seats that can move forward. Grownups can fit, but the seat cushion is set reduced, so it's still not excellent for lengthy journeys. Accessibility to the third row is very easy from the guest's side, as the second row captain's chair flips and slides forward in one activity. The motorist's side chair folds up level, however doesn't glide ahead far adequate to permit guests to walk through.
For freight area, the 2nd- and also third-row seats fold up flat to open a really beneficial 95.4 cubic feet. Tethers as well as levers are given in the freight area to earn folding and also unfolding the seats a wind. The offered different opening rear glass is a wonderful comfort, and the tons elevation is low for an SUV, making it less complicated to load grocery stores, duffle bags, as well as other freight. Cup owners are plentiful, with 10 cup holders scattered throughout the cabin, with bottle holders in the doors. There's plenty of storage space for small products.
The Toyota Highlander is a pleasurable lorry to drive. A lot of notable is the trip quality, which is extravagant or soft, relying on your point of view. Despite the available 19-inch wheels, the suspension smoothes almost one of the most rough bumps. There is a bit of unwanted float on freeways and also on winding roads, though, as well as some people discover it too soft. Crossbreeds have slightly a lot more roadway feel, yet are still fairly comfy, making them a better choice for those that locate the basic suspension too soft.
The suspension stresses a soft ride over tight handling. All versions lean when cornering as well as braking. Steering feeling is light, yet the feedback is rather slow. We would not describe the Highlander as active. The Nissan Murano provides much better handling. Grip control as well as digital stability control come requirement on the Highlander.
The 3.5-liter V6 propels the Highlander front-wheel-drive versions from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.6 secs, 7.8 secs with all-wheel drive. A hand-operated change gateway enables selecting the equipment you desire. From inside the cabin, the V6 could hardly be listened to, producing only an improved roar under tough acceleration. In all designs, wind sound is well-checked, as well as the only noteworthy indoor noise is some tire hum on rough pavement.
The all-wheel-drive system in the gas designs gives a full time 50/50 front/rear torque split. In Crossbreed designs, the AWD system is front-drive biased, but when it identifies slippage, the rear-mounted electrical motor could begin to deliver up to 25 percent of the offered power to the rear wheels. Both systems will assist you get the youngsters to college on snowy days, and we did simply that.
We tested a Highlander in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of the winter season. We drove around for two days on icy roadways with our Crossbreed, and also it carried out brilliantly, both to give grip and to stop the car securely. We tackled steep icy hills and the all-wheel-drive did its thing to maintain relocating the cars and truck ahead without obvious sliding. We billed down those icy hills and also knocked down the brake pedal, and also the ABDOMINAL MUSCLE stopped the Highlander as quickly as possible. We checked the steering throughout ABDOMINAL stopping by making S turns while it was moving on the ice. The Highlander's control was excellent.
It was fitted with Toyo A20 Open Country HT tires, P245/55R19, not even the Open Country snow tire. They had the $1020 option for the good-looking 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels. We suggest wintertime tires for the very best traction on snow.
We additionally hung it out in icy contours (at fairly slow rates), as well as the security control maintained the Highlander real to its intended course. Just what a wonderful feeling of security on those icy roadways: whether increasing uphill, difficult braking, or around curves, the Highlander covered us.
We also drove a V6 Highlander Limited, on the very same icy roadways a few days later on, and also it also took every little thing in stride. It used comparable 19-inch Bridgestone tires, the Dueler H/L brand, not the winter Blizzak tires. The anti-lock brakes in the Minimal were rougher than on the Hybrid, with more sound and also pedal vibration. At one point moving down a steep icy hill at 3-4 mph, ABDOMINAL MUSCLE totally engaged, we aimed to guide away from the snow-covered ditch at the side of the roadway, yet the front wheels continuouslied slide as well as not guide; evidently there is a restriction, when they state you can steer with ABDOMINAL MUSCLE involved. So we touched the DAC button by the shift bar, as well as Downhill Help Control kicked in. It's common tools on AWD models. We absolutely took our feet off the pedals, the guiding in the front wheels returned, as well as we kept that safe crawl to the bottom of the icy hillside. Look Ma, no feet.
Mentioning ice, it covers the rearview video camera lens.
The Crossbreed powertrain, called Crossbreed Synergy Drive, mates a 3.5-liter V6 with three electric motors for an overall of 280 horsepower, up 10 horsepower from in 2014. The powertrain is a little rougher than the typical V6 but is still rather refined. The transmission is a continually variable automatic that constantly changes tailoring proportions as opposed to altering gears.
Like all hybrids, when you initially turn the key, nothing seems to take place. Yet it is ready and functional. The gas engine simply doesn't begin till it's needed. Nevertheless for us it was needed virtually all the time. We drove our Crossbreed around town in cold weather for a week, and the gas engine was should power the accessories. Stopped at a redlight, at the drive-through home window at the financial institution, anywhere: the gas engine kept running. We averaged 18.2 miles per gallon for that week, rarely getting to 35 miles per hour. If the EPA gets 28 mpg in the city, their city needs to consist of a great deal of 25-mph zones without any traffic lights.
Under the right conditions (full battery charge, cozy day, not utilizing heat or air conditioning), you could press the EV switch and also drive the Crossbreed as much as 2 miles at less than 25 miles per hour on electric power only. For instance, looking for a garage at the shopping mall. The Highlander Hybrid is the very first Toyota hybrid to provide an EV switch in the United States. We suggest using it around town, greater than we apparently need to have.
The constantly variable transmission feels natural. It has a typical drive setting, which allows the Hybrid to freewheel down hills, as well as a B setting, which uses much more engine compression to reduce the automobile when the driver's foot is off the throttle, while charging the battery pack more aggressively.
The Toyota Highlander supplies charitable area for people and also freight, an option of powertrains, ample efficiency as well as respectable gas gas mileage. The V6 engine with 5-speed automatic transmission is exceptionally smooth, as well as with gas gas mileage virtually comparable to the four-cylinder at a cost just $1150 even more, it readies worth. The Crossbreed model provides a tested powertrain with boosted gas gas mileage as well as lower emissions. With Toyota's online reputation for reliability and resale worth, the Highlander makes good sense for energetic families.